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How might things have been different

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Over the last four years, Republican legislators, fueled by veto-proof majorities in both houses, have refashioned the state’s tax code, voting laws, and its policies on education, the environment and social issues. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina’s legislative districts…

China and North Carolina — Thucydides and Charlie Soong

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist During the past few days, the release of North Carolina native Graham Allison’s book, “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” and Allison’s visit to his home state focused attention on the United States’s relationship with China. According to Allison, founding dean of…

Guest View— Gators on North Carolina’s hunting list

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is considering allowing alligator hunting in Southeastern North Carolina for the first time since 1973. We don’t know why. In 2015-16, the commission rejected a proposal to allow hunters to bag one alligator apiece during September. The commission could revisit the idea and create a…

Voter ID will likely return

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Although recent court decisions might lead you to think otherwise, North Carolina voters are probably going to have to present photo identification to cast ballots in the near future. I’ll now explain why neither Democrats nor Republicans should expect such a rule to make much of…

Giving terrorists no quarter in Afghanistan

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Chances are, you heard plenty about the latest terrorist attacks in Britain. But the chances that you heard about the most recent attack in Afghanistan — in which a suicide truck bomber set off his deadly payload in rush-hour traffic near the German embassy in Kabul…

Bright spot amid sobering news on rural schools

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Hearty congratulations go out to the 90 young men and women in the class of 2017 at Warren County High School – and congratulations, too, to Principal Darrell Richardson, and to their guidance counselors and teachers. All 90 graduates have been accepted into community colleges and…

Editor’s Note— Graduation shouldn’t be a battle

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor One of the most important parts of a community newspaper’s coverage of education is how the paper handles graduation. Each year, at least since I’ve been editor, and I’m sure for long before, the Times-News has published a special graduation section, with details about the top…

Political rhetoric affects trade views

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JOHN HOOD Guest Columnist RALEIGH — Even as the number of voters who identify themselves as unaffiliated rises at the expense of the Republican and (especially) Democratic shares of the electorate, partisan polarization remains a strong force in our politics. How can that be? When John Doe and Jane Smith…

Trump’s no good very bad arms deal

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TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist Congress may soon vote on resolutions of disapproval in response to Trump’s recent arms deal with Saudi Arabia. If passed, Senate Resolution 42 and House Resolution 102 would effectively block the sale of precision guided munitions kits, which the Saudis want in order to upgrade their…

Church harbors woman without legal status

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The congregation and staff of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church should be commended for their incredible generosity in providing sanctuary for a woman in need. They opened their doors to Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, a 24-year resident of the United States who was ordered to leave the country by Thursday. This…